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WELCOME TO YEAR 4  2018-2019!
 

Meet the team:
Class 9 teacher - Miss Crosby, Class 10 teacher - Mr Ross 
Year 4 Teaching Assistants - Mrs Hodson and  Mrs Ringrose.
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Our Science this term is - Electricity! 

We have been learning about Electricity in science this term. We have learnt about types of electricity, sources of electricity and have been doing lots of investigations using circuits. Children had lots of fun investigating insulators and conductors. Why not have a look at the photographs below? 
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The Rotten Romans 

In our topic this term, we have learnt a lot about the Romans! We have made catapults, put together mosaics, learnt about the Roman Empire, looked at Boudicca's rebellion and much more. Veni, vidi, vici!

Can you guess our Spring 2 topic?  Below is a clue.

We will also be getting ready to put on a wonderful Year 3/4 production of Roald Dahl's version of Cinderella and we can't wait!  

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What wonderful Rainforest Projects!

The Year 4 teachers set Year 4 a homework project in which they had 3 weeks to complete a creative project (or more if they wanted too) at home based on our topic. Both Miss Crosby and Mr Ross have been blown away at the standard and creativity that some children have demonstrated. It has also been amazing to hear lots of the children discussing how it became a family project and that they enjoyed spending time with their families too. We have had lots of amazing shoe box rainforests, posters, artwork, poems and even a rap! Please have a look at some of the wonderful photographs of the children's projects below.

There's a rumble in the Jungle... 

This half term, we will be studying the topic: There's a rumble in the jungle. We will be looking at the world's rainforests, deforestation and lots more. We will be researching palm oil and it's impact on rainforests and species of animals such as Orangutans. We kicked off our wonderful topic by using a fruit of the rain forest to make some delicious Banana Muffins. We also created some wonderful doodle snakes which are currently 'hanging out' in Class 9 and 10. 

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CHRISTMAS PARTY TIME AT OLD BASFORD!

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4/12/18 - VIKING DAY. On Tuesday, year 4 had their Viking day where we spent the whole day learning about the Vikings. We made some amazing Viking brooches and shields as well as learned how to draw a Viking. The costumes were amazing and scared the rest of the school!

Year 4 have been looking at states of matter this half term and worked as scientists to investigate how much gas was in different lemonades.

Year 4 have been looking at states of matter this half term and worked as scientists to investigate how much gas was in different lemonades.  1
Year 4 have been looking at states of matter this half term and worked as scientists to investigate how much gas was in different lemonades.  2
Year 4 have been looking at states of matter this half term and worked as scientists to investigate how much gas was in different lemonades.  3

During our Viking WOW day we did a variety of activities to introduce ourselves to the vicious Vikings such as making messages with runes, sketching longships, designing Viking shields and more!

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

Get ready Year 4 for an Autumn 2 Invasion! Shields up and swords ready...

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

As soon as you are back from the half term break, brace yourselves for rough seas, long ships and the might of the fearless and merciless Vikings!

We know you'll all thoroughly enjoy our new topic!

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Sound Investigation

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Map Work

As part of our topic, the children did some geography work based on map skills. They were focusing on finding the four figure grid reference for locations that we visited on our 'Hoodwinked' trail.  The trick part was they had to use magnifying glasses to find the locations first and had to identify them by looking at the photographs we took on the day.

Great Guitars

Year 4 have really enjoyed learning to play the guitar and have relished the opportunity to learn an instrument. Mr Hull is very please with them.
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Hoodwinked WOW day

As a launch to our first topic 'Ay up me duck', the Year 4 team and some brave parent helpers took the children in to Nottingham City centre to see part of the 'Hoodwinked' art exhibition. This involved the children using maps to locate specific robins, looking at historic and important buildings around Nottingham and creating some wonderful sketches in 'real time' at the Robin Hood Statue by the castle and the Council House at Market Square. The children were impeccably behaved , learnt lots and came back to school with aching feet! What a wonderful way to start our topic. Please have a look at some photographs from our day below.

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We hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and we are looking forward to learning lots together. Please keep an eye on our webpage for any updates and exciting events taking place in Year 4.

Year 4 2017-2018 (Archive)

We hope you will be able to join us for our year 3/4 Science fair! Letters have gone out this week so please send back the slip if you can make it!

 

 

SUMMER TERM PART 2!

 

In the final part of the term we can't wait to learn about sunny Spain. We will be having debates about bull fighting, tasting tapas and learning about those famous footballers. The children are having their Spain day on the 19th July which we cannot wait for. There is optional fancy dress in a Spanish theme where the children are welcome to come as their favourite footballers, flamenco dancers or even just the colours of the Spanish flag. During the day we will play Spanish games, practice the language and even enjoy some of their delightful food. 

 


 

WALESBY

With glorious sunshine during the day and a slightly cool evening, year 4 had a brilliant time on our Walesby residential. The children loved their time on the lake, eating delicious fish and chips and having time to play in the sun. We really enjoyed every moment, well done to year 4 for being such super stars!
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OUTDOOR LEARNING DAY

 

On Friday 18th May Year 4 went outside for their maths lesson. Mrs Priddy's group investigated the natural surroundings and found out the height of trees, length of sticks and recorded the data they collected in a graph. Mr Ross' group continued investigating time with recording their time to complete the trim trail. We had a great time in the sunshine!

 
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TEETH LEAFLETS WITH YEAR 2

On Thursday the 10th May we went to year 2 to read our information leaflets about teeth. The year 4's were impeccably behaved, read their leaflets clearly and definitely impressed their year 2 partner with their fantastic knowledge! 
Well done year 4!
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The results...

 

 

Year 4 were rather shocked by their results! 
Water did not damage the egg at all so we were relieved that is what we drink all day at school!
The orange juice caused the shell to crack because it has lots of citric acid in.
The milk softened the shell but didn't damage it as much because of the calcium.
Unsurprisingly, the caffeine in the cola dyed the egg brown.
Finally, we were horrified by the damage done by the energy drink which caused the shell to even decompose in Mr Ross' class!
We will think very carefully about what drinks we pick next time.

 

OUR TEETH EXPERIMENT 

In year 4 we are testing which liquids are more damaging to your teeth. Of course we aren't using real teeth so egg shells are the next best thing! Which do you think will do the most damage...
coke
milk
water
energy drink
or orange juice?

Check back to see our results!
 
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SUMMER TERM!

 

Now that we have finally arrived in the summer term, we would like to give you a quick update on what to look forward to...


Literacy
In year 4 we will be learning all about teeth and healthy living this term. We will be using a range of non-fiction books to help us write a leaflet about teeth and how to keep them healthy along with a set of instructions of how to properly brush them. We will also us the story of Monkey and Papa God to write a short story from another culture. 


Numeracy
This half term we will be continuing our work on decimals and we will begin to look at money too. We are going to link our Walesby visit to our work on graphs.

 

Topic
For the first half of the summer term we will be learning about teeth and the digestive system such as the types of teeth, how our body uses food, etc. In PSHE we are looking at ‘being a good friend’ as part of our SEALS education. In RE we are finding out about the story of Moses. We will be singing bi weekly with our singing instructor and the children will continue to learn guitars on a Tuesday with Mr Hull. Children who play the guitar at home also have the opportunity to take the music from the lessons home to practice. In computing we will also be using espresso coding to learn how to code. 

 

 

Things to know...
Monday’s weekly outdoor PE session will now focus on a range of athletics skills in preparation for sports day! We expect the children to bring a tracksuit top, bottoms and trainers. On Wednesdays during the first half of the summer term we will be swimming and the children will need to ensure they have brought appropriate swimming clothes, a towel and goggles (if a permission note has been given). Swimming will last up to the end of the half term. 

Things to look forward to:
Walesby meeting – 25th April
Walesby – W/C 21st May
Sports day – 8th June
Science parents workshop - May 3rd

 

MAGGIE THE OWL REWARD 

On Monday 16th April, class 9 enjoyed their reward afternoon for winning Maggie the Owl. We had the highest number of children who had read 3 times a week out of all of the classes in school. To celebrate we had a free choice ICT session, we played with the athletics equipment and had some time on the trim trail

 

 

BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK AFTERNOON

To celebrate British Science Week, year 4 joined the fantastic P6P celebrations held at Heathfield Primary School. The children were amazed by noisy balloons, in awe of colour changing candles and intrigued by a mysterious crime scene. Year 4 were brilliantly behaved and they all had a fantastic time celebrating Science. See some of our photos below. 
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WORLD BOOK DAY AND A LITTLE SNOW!

On Friday the 2nd March year 4 celebrated world book day. The effort that went into the children's outfits was absolutely amazing and the children looked brilliant, we were especially impressed as it was moved at the last minute due to the snow day on Thursday! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris White to create some funny creatures and a matching poem. Also, the children loved making snowmen at playtime and we took some lovely photos which you can enjoy below. 
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YEAR 4 WORLD BOOK DAY

 

Year 4 we think STOLE THE SHOW today (3.2.18) with their incredible costumes for World Book Day! 

How BRILLIANT do they all look!

 

 

READING WITH YEAR 1

To celebrate the brilliant work we have done this half term, Year Four and Year One met up together to share their writing. Year One brought some brilliant fact booklets about Australian animals and a diary of their imaginary visit to Italy whilst year 4 read their stories based on the Jungle Book. The children were all incredibly supportive of each other and listened so well. Here are some photos.
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Let's go on an invertebrates hunt!
As part of our current Science topic of living things and their habitats, year 4 went on an invertebrates hunt. We knew we were not going to find any starfish however we did find lots of insects! Here are some photos for you to enjoy. 
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DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE!

On the 24th January Year 4 were lucky enough to be visited by a travelling Macbeth show. Before we watched the performance, year 4 got to act out some lines, try on the three wicked sisters' clothes and watch fake blood be made. The children then listened very carefully to the play which was in full Shakespearean dialect. We really enjoyed the afternoon and can't wait to see what the P6P actors will produce!
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SWIMMING

 

 

Miss Longmate is so proud to say that the lead swimming instructor approached her at the end of the session on the 24th January to say how impressed he is by the year 4 children. He said they had super manners, listened well and had great behaviour. Well done year 4, you have made us feel so proud! 

 

CHILD INVENTOR ONE DAY WONDER

Thank you to all our parents who gave us the recycling materials for our car models. The children enjoyed planning their cars but they really enjoyed making them! Take a look at some of our photos below.
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SPRING TERM TOPIC: THE RAINFOREST


After Christmas we have a very busy half term with one of our favourite topics; rainforests. We will also be learning about animal food chains in Science alongside a brief study of the Mayans in History. We can't wait and know the children will enjoy it just as much as we will! Please do read our curriculum flyer below to find out more about what we will be learning next term.

 

BRILLIANT BAUBLES

In the last week of the term year 4 made some incredible instructions for how to make a Christmas bauble. To test out how brilliant they were, the children used them to teach the year two children how to make their own. The year 4 children were incredibly good at explaining how to make the baubles and we all had a lovely morning.
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VIKING DAY!

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their Viking day on the 14th of December. The children made Viking purses, badges and shields! It was a very crafty day enjoyed by all. Please enjoy our photos!
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Year 4 Visit to Clover Green


​Year 4 visited Clover Green Residential home on Wednesday 6th December. The children sung traditional Christmas Carols to the residents who joined in merrily. After the carols, the children were given orange squash and sweets which they thoroughly enjoyed!  We then moved around the room chatting to the residents about their lives. 
 Year 4 were a credit to Old Basford School and were so well mannered and thoughtful and the afternoon was enjoyed by all.

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TEST WEEK

This week (13th - 17th) is test week and we just want to wish year 4 good luck! We will be balancing the tests with lovely afternoons linked to our anti-bullying week. Our afternoons will be full of art, kindness activities and team games which should keep the children smiling!

 

 

WORKSHOP REMINDER

​A reminder that our parent's workshop will be taking place next Thursday (23rd November) from 9.00am. We would love to see you there! Invitations will be coming from the children in the next few days. 

 

 

Half term homework
In year four we have been incredibly impressed by the amount of time and care that has gone in to the children's homework. They have made us so proud with how much they have learnt about their chosen person, so many children have described their person with an obvious passion!
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Vicious Vikings!

 

 

After working incredibly hard this half term the year 4 children are looking forward to a well deserved rest over the holidays. We have already seen a brilliant piece of homework for our Black and Asian heroes project and we can't wait to see what the rest of the children create! Next half term we will be doing one of our favourite topics; the vicious Vikings and Anglo-Saxons! The children will have a Viking dress up day and we will create our own Viking shields amongst many other exciting activities. We can't wait! Information will come nearer the time about when our Viking day is so please look out for this!

 

Black History Month One Day Wonder!
On Monday 2nd of October we celebrated the start of Black History Month as our One Day Wonder. In year 4 we thought about the meaning of freedom and what it meant to us. The children then used water colour pencils to create some effective 'Freedom Quilt' designs. Please look at the photos below. 
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WELCOME!

Old Basford School want to say a huge welcome to our trainee teacher Miss Gregg-Herret. She is in her 4th year at Nottingham Trent University and has really enjoyed working with year 4 this week. She will be teaching with us until Christmas and then returning in the Spring to work with some children for her dissertation. We can't wait to see what the children will learn with her!

 

THE EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

 

 

On the 26th of September year 4 had fun joining in with our school celebration for the European day of languages. We challenged ourselves to say 'hello' in as many languages as possible. Year 4 managed some from as far away as Nigeria and China! How many ways can you say hello?

 

MINI MARATHON!

​A huge congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s Mini Marathon. Absolutely everyone ran their socks off! It was fantastic to see them stay to cheer on the year 5's too. What great sportsmanship year 4. You do make us proud!

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

 

On Monday 18th September Year 4 had a very reflective morning for our Harvest Festival One Day Wonder. First of all we learnt about what the Harvest Festival is and how it is celebrated around the world. We then thought about those who are less fortunate than us and made a huge list of the things we are thankful for. Some of these included; our parents, our school and even our brothers and sisters. Following this we created some beautiful thankfulness pumpkins which are on display in both classrooms. Throughout the morning we also went out of class to try some traditionally British harvest foods such as apples, beetroot, tomatoes and cucumber. The beetroot was not a popular choice! Take a look at our pictures below.

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OUR FIRST WEEK IN YEAR 4!

 

It has been an incredibly busy but wonderful start to the year and year 4 have taken everything in their stride! We have already painted our gorgeous pebbles for the path up to school and they looked brilliant. We have started our electricity and fun fair topics and we have some very interesting questions like 'how do you get electricity?' and 'where does it come from?'. We have also begun our guitar lessons with Mr Hull which we are really enjoying. Remember, Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears! Well done year 4, you've made us feel very proud.

 

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YEAR 4?

We wanted to share with you the outline for this academic year. We have lots of exciting topics such as the Romans, healthy living and Spain. Please have a browse of our curriculum overviews and the coverage you can expect in Literacy and Numeracy lessons. 
To read more about the P6P ENTHUSE Partnership whose aim is to make all year 4 children more enthusiastic about science please click on the button below.

 

WELCOME BACK!

 

Important information:

Children will need to have their red home/school diaries and reading books in school with them every day.

 

  • Both classes will have outdoor P.E on a Monday afternoon. The children will need an outdoor PE kit in school, this should include a plain tracksuit, white t-shirt and suitable trainers.
  • Both classes also have indoor PE on a Friday afternoon so the children will need a plain white t-shirt and some black shorts or leggings.
  • After Christmas, year 4 will go swimming every Wednesday morning until the second half of the summer term.

 

 

Reading:
At Old Basford School, we think that it is incredibly important for every child to enjoy reading. We also aim for all of our children to be able to read fluently and with a good understanding of the text. 

As in previous years, all children  are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week which should be signed by an adult. At the start of the year, we also ask that you sign the reading contract in the front of the children's diaries. 

If your child reads 3 times in a week, they will receive a stamp in their diary and proud points.  There is also 'reading challenge bingo' in the back of their diaries along with a list of the 'top 50 Old Basford books'.

 

 

In year four, children will be given a piece of homework every Monday. This will either be reading comprehension or Numeracy homework and will be given out in their new homework books. Homework has to be handed in by the following Monday which means that children will have 1 week to complete their homework. 

Spelling and Times Table tests will take place on a Tuesday. New spellings and Times tables will also be given out on this day. We aim for everyone to know all of their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12, including their division facts, by the end of year 4! Any additional practice you can do at home will really help you with learning them.

 

AUTUMN TERM:

 

This term our topic is FAIRGROUNDS. We will be linking this to our local history topic and will be focusing on Goose Fair and Nottingham Castle. In science, we will be learning about electricity.

Keep checking for updates, we will post pictures soon!

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